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Sharp Lane Primary School

Aspiration, Belief, Commitment & Discovery

Nurture Support

Miss Gemma Owens is our Learning Mentor who works closely with children in school for various reasons such as:

  • Emotional needs and coping strategies
  • Social difficulties
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Managing anger
  • Increasing motivation
  • Support through life events


Daily check-ins by Miss Owens are an important part of pastoral care at Sharp Lane Primary with the children also receiving a morning check-in each day by their class teacher through the emotional register. This enables children to build confidence in speaking to a range of adults around school to seek support when needed.


Carefully planned one to one sessions and nurture groups are also offered to children following a referral into the PDC. Miss Owens also works closely with Mrs Evans, school Forest School teacher, to create groups of children to experience team-building and confidence building skills in the school garden. Any support a child receives through the PDC is discussed with parents by the class teacher or through a letter sent home. The emotional development of each child that receives nurture support is measured through a set of statements that will then become their target. These statements match the PSHE curriculum and the PDC are currently looking into a new system that better supports outcomes for children’s emotional needs.

If you would like to speak to a member of the PDC please contact school on 0113 3783060 or you can email on